Date: Tuesday, January 23
Time: 3 pm
Prayas (Energy Group) published a book in 2017 called “Many Sparks but Little Light: The rhetoric and practice of electricity sector reforms in India” critiquing the reforms in the electricity sector over the past 25 years. The book critically examines these reforms and the impacts they have had, to understand if they achieved their expected objectives and if they helped in achieving the desirable socio-environmental outcomes. The in-depth analysis covers thermal, hydropower and renewable generation, electricity distribution, and associated fuel sectors of coal and natural gas. The book argues that the usual polarised debate of ‘for and against privatisation’ is misleading and proposes that discussions should instead be centred on how to have robust governance and institutions – within and outside government – that can achieve desirable socio-environmental goals in a transparent and accountable manner.
Past reforms in the electricity sector have been driven primarily through policy and regulation. Rapidly changing techno-economics and emergence of new technologies and business models mean that future reforms will be directed at an even more complex sector. This makes it imperative that past reforms are understood well and lessons from them are used to inform future reforms.
Prayas (Energy Group) will launch the electronic version of the “Many Sparks but Little Light” book on January 23 at 3 PM. On this occasion, it is organizing a webinar and discussion to deliberate some broad ideas about how this can be done.